Belvedere's vineyards in Alexander Valley yield Chardonnay with notable aromas and flavors of pear and apple. The 1996 Alexander Valley Chardonnay underwent 100% barrel and malolactic fermentation. It was sur lie aged for 10 months in American and French oak barrels, stirring occasionally to mix the lees and wine, which results in deeply, rich, complex flavors. Abundant, toasty oak and spice components characterize this wine and complement the fragrant varietal fruit complexities. A long, smooth, lingering finish is highlighted by attractive buttery flavors.